Better Business Bureau Serving Acadiana has seen an uptick in calls from consumers regarding an employment opportunity involving wrapping your car with ads. Be careful, as this car wrap scam can leave you worse off financially.
How this scam works:
Potential victims of this scam receive a Facebook message, craigslist.com, email or text message that appears to be from a well-known brand or a company representing the brand. These scams usually are connected to popular soft drink, energy drink or cell phone companies such as Monster Energy, Coca Cola, Heineken, Bud Light and 7UP.
The “company sends you a check, tells your keep part of if as your share. Then you are instructed to wire the rest to a company that will wrap your car. Later on, you find out the check bounced and your bank tells you it was a fake. The money you kept as “your share” disappears, the money you wired is gone – no way to get it back, and you maybe responsible for bank fees for the fake check.
BBB offers the following tips to avoid this and similar employment fake check scams:
Beware of deals that sound too good to be true and check with BBB. Consumers should always go with their instincts and not be afraid to pass up a “deal” that might cost them dearly in the end.
If someone urges you to send or wire money, it’s probably a scam. Legitimate companies will not ask you to wire money to them.
Don’t fall for an overpayment scam. No legitimate job would ever overpay an employee and ask him/her wire the money elsewhere. This is a common trick used by scammers.
Spelling and grammar count. Many scams originate overseas and emails contain glaring spelling and grammatical errors that are a tell-tale sign of a scam.
If a job looks suspicious, search for it online. Check the real beverage company’s job page to make sure the position is posted there. If it is, apply for the position directly with the company.